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Plate with chrysanthemums

Jin dynasty (1115–1235)
12th century
Porcelain with incised decoration under an ivory glaze (Ding ware); copper rim
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm); Diam. of foot: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, in memory of Ludmilla and Hans Arnhold, 2013
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
The interior of this thin plate is decorated with a lush, incised design of chrysanthemums, leaves and stems. Additional leaf-like motifs fill the rim, which is covered with a copper band. Use of this band illustrates a production technique in which pieces, such as this plate, were fired on the rim to spread the weight and guard against distortions in the kilns. This process left the rim unglazed: and this area was then hidden by the metal band. There are no inscriptions or marks on this plate.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation (New York, by 1940–2013)
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